Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Spiritual Practice: Nurturing

Inside each of us there is a beautiful flower garden. This is 

the garden of the soul. Here we can enjoy the fragrance of 

each and every flower and discover the true beauty and 

boundless freedom of our 

inner selves. 

— Sri Chinmoy

Nurturing - the a spiritual journey towards community and spirit as self allows for the discovery of who we are within before making the committment to the community. It is a self-caring of ones own soul so that the soul has energy and strength, love and faith, hope and passion to share with others. One must give and receive nourishment to practice nurturing. While we all seem to give, we MUST also focus upon receiving.

Practice: This is a reminder breathing practice that we MUST balance receiving and giving in a rhythm of life to be balanced.

Breathing in: Receiving . . .
Breathing out: Giving

Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. Jennifer Louden

There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but, unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.
Rumer Godden

Practice: We need to look at each aspect or room within every day to truly nurture our entire being. Every day spend time looking in a different room within - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual to discover what the needs of that room are.

We cannot nurture others from a dry well.  Jennifer Louden

Personal holiness involves what you take into your body, 

visually, aurally, or orally. You are what you see and hear. 

Lawrence Kushner 

Self-nurturing is not selfish nor is it self-indulgent. You can not nurture others if your own inner well spring is dry. When you nurture your own being by surrounding all aspects of your being with sacredness, it is then you can nurture others from the bubbling abundance of your inner well spring.

Practice: Many know I rise at 4 am in the morning in order to have a fire and watch the sunrise. It is self-nurturing and self-love to do this practice. It allows for a sacred beginning in order that I may have an abundant well spring. Try rising thirty minutes earlier each day to gift yourself a half hour of self nurture.

We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance. Jennifer Louden

To my inner perceptions, the whole of creation is constantly in a state of birthing — myriad possibilities, potentials, insights, energies, and qualities are emerging daily — and we are deeply woven into that process as midwives, participants, creations, creatures, and co-creators all rolled into one.
— David Spangler

Practice: When most hear the word nurture they think mother. All us, male and female, old and young, mother and birth into the world. We birth children, ideas, animals, art, gardens, causes, and even our voices. Each must be nurtured and cared for. We become the one birthing, the midwife, the creator, the mother, the father, the guardian all in the same breath. Yet, we forget that the soul too needs the same nurturing that our children do. Take time out to nurture your soul by giving it the attention it craves. Take time out to give the mind rest. Take time out to play and laugh, dance and sing. These things nurture our own beings.

Personal holiness involves what you take into your body, 

visually, aurally, or orally. You are what you see and hear. 

Lawrence Kushner